On July 30,2017, Maduro plans to rewrite Venezuela’s constitution. However, the millions of oppressed Venezuelans in the opposition movement have repeatedly fought back against Maduro’s fierce grip.
Members of Congress, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL) have been standing in solidarity and fighting side by side with the people of Venezuela. They all commented about Maduro’s oppression and led a call to action on July 19, 2017, less than a week before the turning point in Venezuela’s fate.
“Maduro is an embarrassment to mankind,” Diaz-Balart said. “That nation is a subsidiary of the disaster that’s happened in Havana, Cuba.” He commented how Maduro’s dictatorship is the disastrous legacy of what Fidel Castro led in Cuba. The Venezuelan government is run like a criminal operation and as a result has become a hub of slavery and narco trafficking, which threatens US national security interests. He also pointed out that Cuba has been called to be a mediator in the past in dealing with the Venezuelan dictatorship, which is nothing but an exercise in futility because the Cuban dictatorship runs the exact same criminal operation.
Sen. Menendez followed with remarks about the Venezuelan people have repeatedly spoke out to reclaim their country.
“The Venezuelan people refuse to give up on their democracy. The people of the United States of America will show that we will never give up on them. We’ve watched Maduro follow the failed footsteps of Hugo Chavez. Through his unrelenting control, he’s condemned his own people to poverty, starvation, and immense suffer.” Menendez said. He pointed out that the Maduro regime is no different than any other communist world leader and every communist regime leads to the same end result. “History has shown that dictators will stop at nothing to maintain their grip on poverty. In Venezuela’s case, there’s no violence nor power grab that is too great for Maduro.”
Sen. Rubio dovetailed off of Menendez’s remarks about how the Venezuelans suffer every day. “Many people showed up to reject the unconstitutional government. The Venezuelan people said they don’t want a Cuban style government.” Rubio said. “What a truly tragic way for one of the richest, most educated, and most democratic societies to become Cuba. Millions have been forced to flee just to feed their families and to speak their minds. Venezuela can’t become that.”
Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, who’s relentlessly fought for freedom and human rights in Latin America, led a call for action in standing with the Venezuelans.
“What a pivotal time. This month, so much will happen that will determine the course of events in Venezuela in just these coming days.” Rep. Ros-Lehtinen said. “For too long, the people of Venezuela have been pleading for democracy and for years, Maduro has been ignoring them. He’s been unleashing violent mobs to attack the people voicing their opinion. People have taken it out to the streets to make their voices heard. He’s left hundreds and hundreds behind bars. He’s created the sham constitutional assembly to violate the real constitution.”
“We’ve got to support the Venezuelan people for what they stand up for every day. Your voices are so important. All of here stand in solidarity with the people of Venezuela but we need to press the administration and colleagues even further. We need to get the message heard that we stand with them that Venezuela is a demonstration of the rule of law.” Ros-Lehtinen said.
Rep. Curbelo said that at Venezuela needs more allies and the US needs to continue to isolate the dictatorship.
“We need to raise awareness and raise our voices because it has been too long. Most people are coming to the understanding that this is the same movement and same cancer that has affected Cuba for decades. I feel blessed to be a small part of the effort to restore freedom, democracy, and dignity in Venezuela.” Cubelo said.